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Buffalo, NY

Buffalo is centrist with a liberal slant and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides
257,518
Buffalo Population7
$
40,013
Median Income6
7.7
%
Unemployment Rate17
 

City Score

 

Population

Unlike most cities in the United States where the median age increased by an average of 1.0 years since 2010, the median age of Buffalo decreased by 0.9 years with the fastest growing segment being 25- to 34-year olds which grew by 25%

Age

33.0
Median Age7
-3.2
%
Population Growth Since 20107

Proportion of Population by Age Group vs. United States average7

 

Race and Ethnicity

Buffalo residents are predominantly white; however, the city is becoming more diverse as the white community has shrunk by 18.2% since 2010, while the Black community, 2nd largest in the city, has shrunk by 10.0%

Race

55.9
%
New York Population, White7
61.1
%
United States population, White7

Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity7

 

Climate

Buffalo has cold, snowy winters, comfortable summers, and frequent rain year-round. The temperature drops to 32°F or below 130 days per year with 92 inches of annual snowfall. There is at least some rain 167 days per year and an annual rainfall of 40 inches

Weather

46
%
Chance of Rain11
47
%
Chance of Sunshine3

Average Temperature36

 

Housing

The average home value in Buffalo increased by 80% since 2010 which is 37% higher than the national average and 55% higher than the state average

Rent

$
1,080
Monthly Average12
59
%
Renters37

Average Home Value5

 

Taxes

Buffalo is a high tax location with income tax 22% higher than the national average, sales tax 27% higher than the national average, and property tax 53% higher than the national average.

Other

1.71
%
Property Tax21
8.75
%
Sales Tax19
0.0
%
Vehicle Tax21

Effective Income Tax Rate at Various Income Levels (Married, Filing Jointly)38

 

Employment

Buffalo has a low employment rate of 92% which is 1% lower than the national average. The largest employers are Delaware North and M&T Bank

Income

21.9
%
<$25,0006
7.2
%
$100,000+6

Distribution by Industry17

 

Politics

Buffalo is centrist with a liberal slant and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides

2016 Presidential Election Results40

Representatives

Mayor28 Byron Brown
Democratic
House of Representative28 Brian Higgins
Democratic
 

Healthcare

The nearest 5-star hospital, Uh Conneaut Medical Center, is 109.1 miles from the center of Buffalo, the nearest Veterans Affairs medical center, VA Western New York Healthcare System - Buffalo VA Medical Center, is 3.6 miles away, and the nearest top-rated hospital for cancer care, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, is 5.5 miles away

Medicare-Rated Hospitals (<50 Miles)2

Is Marijuana Legal?

Medical29 Yes
Decriminalized29 Yes, but small fine for possession up to an ounce
 

Safety

In New York, 14.5% of adults live in a household with at least one gun, which is a significant decrease from 2000 when 19.7% of adults lived in households with guns

Gun Laws

Yes
Universal Background Checks30
Yes
Permit to Purchase Law30

Property Crimes and Violent Crimes per 100,000 Residents

 

Recognition

#52 2019 Best Cities to Live by U.S. News & World Report31
#85 2019 Best Cities for Healthcare by healthgrades32
 

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